The first concert of Bute Arts Society's new season took place on Friday evening, and if it was anything to go by, this year's audiences are in for a real treat!
Ahead of the evening's concert, Fiona Shaw of Bute Arts Society paid tribute to the late Lyn Bulloch, trustee of Bute Arts Society and chairman of Argyll and Bute Concert Tours, who died suddenly in March of this year.
Mrs Shaw said all who knew Mr Bulloch missed "his wit and enthusiasm", adding that the society now realises how much work he did in preparation for the concert season. Mr Bulloch and wife Marj played host to many of the visiting musicians, with Mrs Shaw commenting that they couldn't have received a warmer welcome than that of the Bullochs.
Twenty-four-year-old Hungarian, Daniel Lebhardt - a highly accomplished, award-winning pianist - took a seat at the grand piano in Rothesay Trinity Church and launched into Bach's 'Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV971'. A very skilled young musician, Mr Lebhardt's performance of this 1735 work across each of its three movements showed off his technical ability.
The second work of the evening's programme was 'Six Pieces, Op. 118'. The six pieces are some of the most beloved items that the composer, Johannes Brahms, wrote for the solo instrument. Completed in 1893 and dedicated to Clara Schumann, the collection was the second to last composition to be published during Brahms' lifetime. It was also his second to last work composed for piano solo. Played with great sensitivity, the audience was held spellbound until the final chord.
Following a brief interval, Mr Lebhardt returned to the piano for a performance of Schubert's 'Impromptu No.1 in C minor, Op. 90'. The Romantic-era piece was the perfect start to the second half, with the sweet melody echoing throughout the stunning surroundings of Trinity Church.
Rounding off what had been a thoroughly entertaining evening, Mr Lebhardt played Beethoven's 'Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111', a brief clip of which is available in the video attached to this article. The video speaks for itself!
The next concert from Bute Arts Society takes place later this month on Friday, October 28, when 'Note-Ability' (soprano, baritone and piano) visit the island. Details of the concert will appear in The Buteman - keep your eyes peeled for further information.